La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928)
Starring Maria Falconetti, seen at left.
Dir. Carl Dreyer
An essay in the winter '07 issue of Blue Fifth Review
Why Poets Need Carl Th. Dreyer: La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc and
Seamus Heaney’s “From the Frontier of Writing”
A paradox. A poet must resist the vilifigura, but could anyone write without it? Jeanne’s shining triumph over the dark angels would not happen if she had not momentarily yielded to their seduction. Heaney could never win out over subjugation if he were not subjugated, never be freed unless first arraigned....